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The University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010

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Rock Art Symposium: Exploring the social, political and cultural dimensions of rock art in Australia and beyond

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Rock art is uniquely powerful and provides an ongoing connection here in Australia to what is undoubtedly one of the world’s oldest living cultures. As the world capital of rock art with over 100,000 rock art sites, more than any other country in the world, we face complex challenges to preserve these creative legacies into the unforeseeable future. Although it is nationally recognised as an important part of Australia’s heritage, rock art in Australia is still damaged and remains under threat. With so many rock art sites in remote locations there are ongoing preservation challenges.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to have a robust discussion about the social and political dimensions of rock art in Australia. The symposium seeks to analyse the mechanisms under which rock art operates in Australia beyond archaeological engagement. The overall aim is to review and highlight what is and what is not working in rock art preservation in Australia.

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Session 1

  • Rock art and rock climbing: an escalating conflict in the sandstone ranges of Western Victoria (Gariwerd). Speakers: Robert Gunn, Jake Goodes, Andrew Thorn, Clive Carlyle and Leigh Douglas
  • Solastalgia and Baiame Cave: the alarming legal, regulatory and political context of rock art conservation in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Speaker: Jillian Huntley (Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit, Griffith University)
  • How is Australian rock art represented in the Australian media? A work in progress. Speaker: José Antonio González Zarandona (Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University)

Session 2

  • Preservation of rock art: the changing relationship over thirty years of preventing damage to paintings on rock surfaces. Speaker: Andrew Thorn (ARTCARE, Melbourne)
  • France spent > $100 million conserving and promoting a rock art site - why can’t we? Rock art and national identity in Australia. Speaker: Sven Ouzman (Archaeology & Centre for Rock Art Research & Management, University of Western Australia)
  • Compliance, Cooperation and Coexistence. Speaker: Daniel Thomas (Woodside Energy Ltd)
  • Problematic knowing. A review of the issue of unconscious disinterest. Speakers: Amir Moghadam & Lyndall Ryan (University of Newcastle)

Session 3

  • Lessons learned: recent Mirrar case studies in agreement making for rock art and heritage management. Speakers: Susan O’Sullivan and Lynley Wallis
  • Cultural Property Rights and Indigenous Rock Art. Speaker: Stephen Gray (Faculty of Law, Monash University)
  • Holistic approaches to preserve and conserve rock art and narrative across Northern Australia. Speaker: Mel Marshall (Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia)

Session 4

  • Murujuga National Park Managing tangible and intangible values. Speakers: Ken Mulvaney (Rio Tino) and Peter Jeffries (Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation)
  • Story-telling as conservation: how affectual responses to the rock-art of Dalakngalarr sustain Buwurr (the Dreaming). Speaker: Daniel James, Heritage Project Officer (Aboriginal Victoria)
  • Panel discussion and open plenary session. Speakers: Professor Marcia Langton, Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Holly Jones-Amin (University of Melbourne) with concluding remarks from Dr Billy Griffiths, Deakin University

image: Gulgurn Manja Shelter, Gariwerd (Grampians) Victoria, via Visit Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010

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